By Zjan Shirinian

The World Rowing Federation is continuing its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature to promote clean water ©Getty ImagesThe World Rowing Federation (FISA) has extended its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) until 2019 to promote clean water.

Since 2011, the two organisations have worked together to educate rowers and those who follow the sport about the importance of clean water to the global environment.

As part of the extension of the "alliance", both bodies will focus on developing an "action-orientated project", with the goal of training the next generation of fresh water managers, "while also contributing to an important conservation project".

In parallel with that project, FISA says it will continue to educate rowers and fans to apply environmentally-sustainable practices in the use and management of water.

FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland said: "Over the past three years, we have shown that our sport is a powerful means of communication for the vital resource of clean water.

"It also reinforces the commitment we made three years ago that rowers take the environment seriously and will do everything they can to contribute to protecting our water ecosystems."

The world governing body will also continue to "introduce and apply new best practices in sustainable sports event management at regattas worldwide", it added.

The WWF's Global Freshwater Programme manager Stuart Orr, said: "This is the longest strategic alliance with a sports federation that we have formed to date.

"It is a direct reflection of the work World Rowing has done so far in the promotion of clean water and the ideal match that WWF has found with World Rowing."